How to Overcome Performance Anxiety in Tennis

What Do You Do After Performance Anxiety Hits You?

In “Sports Psychology Sessions with Doc,” Dr. Patrick Cohn answers a question from Linda who wants to know what to do after performance anxiety hits in the middle of a match.

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Here’s the question Dr. Patrick Cohn answers this week:

“If the anxiety shuts off your memory and your logic, how do you kick start these functions in your brain quickly when you’re in the middle of a match? In playing a fast-paced tennis, how do you override the anxiety quickly? In the middle of the match and in a pressure setting, then what?”

You have to be able to address your fears and your performance anxieties way before the match begins. Once you get in the match, it is too late to deal with that fear and anxiety.

Ultimately, overcoming the fear of failure and performance anxiety takes time. It is not a quick fix.

What can do you in the middle of the match when anxiety hits?

Watch the video to see what tips Dr. Cohn gives to Linda about working though performance anxiety.

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